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Can J Microbiol. 1978 Jun;24(6):703-9.

Flocculation and adsorption of enzymes during growth of a moderate halophile, Micrococcus varians var. Halophilus.


Flocculation of a moderate halophile, Micrococcus varians ATCC 2197, occurred during growth in complex medium containing 3 M NaCl and a concentration of MgSO4 and KH2PO4 greater than 40 and 14 mM, respectively. Extracellular nuclease activity was absent in the flocculated cultures. Repeated washing of flocs by Mg2+-free Tris buffer containing 3 M NaCl, lowering of pH value of floc suspension below 6.3, or addition of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid resulted in complete dissociation of the flocs and release of Mg2+ ions as well as nuclease and amylase. Inhibition of extracellular enzyme production accompanied by flocculation appeared to be the result of adsorption of enzyme proteins to surfaces of the flocs, but not of inhibition of biosynthesis. Floc formation could also occur in media containing 18 mM CaCl2 and 3.0 mM KH2PO4, but the Ca flocs were not deflocculated by washing with Ca2+-free buffer, suggesting that the affinity of Ca2+ for cell envelopes was stronger than that of Mg2+. It was also observed that most halophilic Planococcus and Micrococcus flocculated in the presence of MgSO4 and phosphate but halophilic Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter, and Bacillus did not.

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